Gopher Snake/

Pituophis catenifer

Family Colubridae

Adults 36" to 100" in length. Color light brown, buff, cream, or yellowish, with row of black, brown, or reddish-brown blotches. Moderately stout body, with keeled scales. Single anal plate.
Elevation Range:
Below 8500' throughout Colorado.
Subspecies in Colorado:
Pituophis catenifer sayi (Bullsnake) in eastern Colorado;
Pituophis catenifer deserticola (Gopher snake) in western Colorado.

Listed as conspecific with Pituophis melanoleucus (Pine Snake) in some publications.
  Gopher Snake/Bullsnake
Photo from Hammerson, 1986.
Used with permission.
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AdamsH DoloresH La PlataH PitkinH
AlamosaH DouglasH Lake  ProwersH
ArapahoeH EagleH LarimerH PuebloH
ArchuletaH El PasoH Las AnimasH Rio BlancoH
BacaH ElbertH LincolnH Rio Grande * 
BentH FremontH LoganH RouttJJR3
BoulderH GarfieldH MesaH SaguacheH
ChaffeeH Gilpin  Mineral *  San Juan * 
CheyenneH GrandGPH2 MoffatH San MiguelH
Clear Creek  GunnisonH MontezumaH SedgwickH
ConejosH Hinsdale *  MontroseH Summit 
CostillaH HuerfanoH MorganH Teller * 
CrowleyH Jackson  OteroH WashingtonH
CusterH JeffersonH OurayHMS4 WeldH
DeltaH KiowaH Park  YumaH
DenverH Kit CarsonH PhillipsH
Map of Colorado
Color Key
Adams Alamosa Arahapoe Archuleta Baca Bent Boulder Chaffee Cheyenne Clear Creek Conejos Costilla Crowley Custer Delta Denver Dolores Douglas Eagle El Paso Elbert Fremont Garfield Gilpin Grand Gunnison Hinsdale Huerfano Jackson Jefferson Kiowa Kit Carson La Plata Lake Larimer Las Animas Lincoln Logan Mesa Mineral Moffat Montezuma Montrose Morgan Otero Ouray Park Phillips Pitkin Prowers Pueblo Rio Blanco Rio Grande Routt Saguache San Juan San Miguel Sedgewick Summit Teller Washington Weld Yuma